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prohibitions took effect. >>> today president obama talked about immigration reform and a pass to citizenship in the diverse bay area. immigration is not just a political issue but an economic one. the president spoke in las vegas but his speech was followed closely here in the bay area. nbc's kris sanchez watched the speech with immigrants rights advocates in eas san jose. kris, how did they receive this message? is. >> reporter: they were hanging on every word. all of it was very well received in one of the south bay's most vocal immigrant communities. as president obama talked about comprehensive immigration reform in las vegas, people were hanging on to every word in the sank we're of our lady of guadeloupe church in san jose including this mother who tells me she is here illegally after six tries across the border. after this speech she said she no longer thinks citizenship is just a dream. garcia is ready to come out of the shadows, as president obama put it. a volunteer acting together says families may not have to live in constant fear of deportation. >> the children, the children are
to hear president obama address immigration reform. for many it was their future the president was talking about. the church was filled with people searching for hope. this time the words came from president obama who appealed for a change in laws to help undocumented immigrants get on what he termed the right side of the law. it was a call she had been waiting to hear. >> living like this is actually really hard. so it's like living in the shadow because you're living with fears. >> reporter: community groups as well as the service employees union applauded the president's speech. >> i think it went straight to the point. that is the fact that there is an urgent need to create a pathway to citizenship. >> reporter: others have more hope in reuniting with family members who were deported. >> it's difficult because i miss them. i used to live with them for about eight years. >> reporter: the group heard from the pastor of the church who was in las vegas for the president's speech. he urged the crowd to lobby lawmakers. >> i believe we need to put pressure on the house. >> reporter: congress
. obama said. his plan also includes stricter law enforcement and reforming the legal immigration system which the president called out of date and broken. latino activists say the president is finally making good on campaign promises made in 2008 and 2012 to throw his full support behind comprehensive immigration reform. >> once the latinos mobilize that we can be a force to be reckoned with and i think the 71% of latino vote that put obama back in the white house is the tip of the iceberg of what you're going to see in this country. >> reporter: in order to earn immigration status in this country that's the way the president termed it today, earn it, undocumented immigrants are going to have to learn english, pass a background check, pay a fine and then get in line behind others trying to come into this country legally. but allen, the big news here is that a lot of these folks are going to get immediate status provisional but immediate status to live and work in this country and that is a big weight off their shoulders. a lot of them have been
children to up here on a milk cartonpresident obama urging congress to take action on immigration reform. what he wants done. president obama says "now is immigration. this was his arrival in las challenged congress to act quickly on a plan to rewrite the nation's immigration laws. catherine heenan is here with the story. >> catherine: it's no coincidence that the latino vote is the fastest growing in the u.s. both democrats and republicans finally seem ready to tackle the immigration issue together. the president says congress is showing a 'genuine desire to get this thing done soon'. >> the president is seizing on a groundswell of support for rewriting immigration law. speaking at a las vegas high school.he says he wants to put 11-million illegal immigrants living here in the u.s. on a clear path to citizenship. saying - they have to earn it. been of this will involve a background check,".paying taxes.learning english.getting to the back of the line.etc" because other people that want to come here legally are in front of the line. >> catherine: a bipartisan group of senators proposed t
. giffords is also expected to make a short statement. >> another key issue is immigration reform. president obama called for swift action. >> the idea that i'm proposing have traditionally been supported by both democrats like ted kennedy and republicans like george w. bush. you don't get that matchup very often. the question is very simple. do we have the resolve as a people, as a country, as a government to finally put this issue behind us? i believe that we do. >> one of the main provisions in the plan puts up to 11 million illegal immigrants on a clear path to citizenship. it's interesting. some republicans were upset with the president because they're saying he's not talking about a prerequisite, border security first before they grant this path way to citizenship. >> this won't be the last conversation on that. >> that's right. i agree. >> plenty more to follow. >>> senator john kerry has been confirmed to be the next secretary of state. the senate overwhelmingly affirmed kerry's nomination. 94-3 vet yesterday. he served as chairman of the senate foreig
to reduce pilot fatigue. >> president obama said there is progress on capitol hill to tackle the complicated issue of immigration ryeƱ4?q forms -- reforms. >> yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators announced their principals fr comprehensive immigration reform chr in line with principals i've campaigned on. >> the president made the comments in front of a large rally in las vegas this morning. he says is he seeking to win for change that's will give estimated 11 million illegal immigrants a chance at becoming american citizens. >> a soldier who lost all four limbs in a roadside bombing says he has big plans. a 26-year-old wheeled himself into a news conference today at johns hopkins hospital. he's the first recent series member to survive the loss. he showed off his new arms today with the surgeons. the surge heens were stand big his side. >> i used to love to drive. it was a lot of fun for me. i am looking forward to becoming an athlete again. one goal is to enter a marathon. >> he received the transplants and bone marrow. it's a message shown to redus td the need for antirejection dru
to recover. >>> president obama says now is the time to fix the countries broken immigration laws. >> i believe we are finally at a moment where conference of immigration reform is within our grasp. but i promise you this, the closer we get, the more emotional this debate is going to become. >> in his speech in las vegas. the president praised a group of bipartisan. the president's reform plan is similar to the one announced by the senators but has a more direct path to citizenship. >>> time now 5:35. santa clara county will focus on health care and gun violence this year. the top priorities were outlined by board of supervisors president ken quaker during his state of the county address. as part of president obama's affordable health care act, quaker wants to go after issues like childhood obesity, hiv, and consolidating mental health an drug treatment into a behavioral health department. he also wants to create a gun buy back program and encourage paroled felons to turn in their weapons. >>> back to our continuing coverage of the super bowl. celebrations happening right now in new orl
area to new orleans. >>> 7:35. president obama says now is the time to fix the nation's broken immigration laws. >> i believe we are finally at a moment where conference of immigration reform is within our grasp. but i promise you this -- the closer we get, the more emotional this debate is gonna be coming. >> now, yesterday, in las vegas, the president praised the bipartisan group of senators. the president's reform plan is similar to that one but it has a more direct path to citizenship. >>> next week, the state department will hold a welcoming ceremony for john kerry. confirmed yesterday by the senate as the next secretary of state. the vote was 94-3 with kerry voting present. he could be sworn in as early as friday but no official date has been set. in the meantime, new word this morning that the governor of massachusetts has selected his former chief of staff, william cowen, to temporarily fill john kerry's seat. >>> and outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton does not see herself getting back into politics. she says she will focus on public service, speaking and writi
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